Drumming Ridge 打鼓嶺

Drumming Ridge I – for dizi (chinese flute) and string quartet
premiered by Yeung Wai Kit Ricky, dizi; Fulcrum Point ensemble, Chicago, Feb 2010
Score (PDF)

Drumming Ridge II – for dizi, pipa, 2 erhus, zhonghu, cello
Score (PDF)

Ta Kwu Ling, literally “Drumming Ridge”, is a series of hill-tops in the northern area of Hong Kong, close to the border with mainland china. It was said that in the Qing Dynasty, villagers beat a huge drum on the hill top to aleart their fellow villagers to defend against invaders. Later, it has been a major pathway for people who fled to Hong Kong during times of war and famine. In present days, its name is often heard in weather reports since it often experiences the highest and lowest temperatures. As a city in the sub-tropical region, it is rare that frost can be seen in this area in the winter. This piece is written for dizi and string quartet, with a percussive touch and military-like passages that suggests imaginations from its title.

打鼓嶺

打鼓嶺位於香港北部 ,接壤羅湖邊境。據說清朝時當地的村民為了保護村落,在山上設有戰鼓,每逢有外敵入侵,即鳴鼓以聚集村民抵禦,因而得名。在一些戰爭和飢荒的時期,不少人經打鼓嶺徒步走難到香港。今天我們仍然常常在天氣報告中聽到打鼓嶺的名稱,因為這裏的溫差較大,也是香港少有的地方會出現結霜的低溫。這首曲雖然為笛子和弦樂四重奏創作,但運用類似敲擊樂的音色和激烈的段落,表達作曲者對打鼓嶺的想像。

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Café capriccio

written in 2006
performed by King’s Harmonica Quintet

score (PDF): 1.Mocha, 2.Cappuccino, 3. Espresso

sound recording (MP3): 1.Mocha, 2.Cappuccino, 3. Espresso

Café Capriccio is a suite of three movements written for harmonica quintet. Three types of coffee: “Mocha”, “Cappuccino” and “Espresso” are chosen, each represents love in a different stage. “Mocha”, the sweet and bright waltz is followed by “Cappuccino”, a lazy and sentimental movement written in the style of bossa nova. The final movement “Espresso” is a tango, which combines passion and bitterness. This piece was written during the trip in Vienna and Salzburg in summer 2006. It was premiered by King’s Harmonica Quintet in Musicarama 2006 organized by HKCG.

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Barcarolle

written in 2006
Rachel Wong, oboe; Jamie Jim, cello; Li Cheong, piano

score (PDF)
sound recording (MP3)

Barcarolle are folk songs sung by Venetian gondoliers. It is characterized by a rhythm reminiscent of the gondolier’s stroke, generally in a moderate tempo 6/8 meter. These characteristics are adapted by many composers in their works. It is Fauré who brings barcarolle to its apotheosis with a mature keyboard style and adventurous harmony. A homage to Faure’s barcarolle, the choice of harmony shows a clear influence of French style. This piece is composed for the chamber concert on organized by 2002 graduates of the Music Department, CUHK on 21 July 2006.

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Rhapsody for oboe, violin, cello and piano

[audio:http://licheong.com/music/LiCheong_Rhapsody_ObPnoTrio.mp3]

Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
written in 2006
(Computer Demo created with Cubase SX2 and Kontakt)
3mins

Demo (MIDI)
Score (PDF)

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(The following are what I’ve noted down when I wrote this piece in 2006. I’m not sure if it is true or not though. That also reflects what I listened to at that time.)

Quoted/Paraphrased Music:

Mahler Symphony 8, Part II
Mahler Symphony 7, 5th movement
Mahler Symphony 6
Mahler Symphony 2
Mozart Piano Sonata in F major
Bartok Bluebeard’s Castle (5th door)
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 (opening piano figure)
Bernstein West side story (opening scene)
Ginestera Sonata for piano / Danzas Algentinas

Quoted music of my own:
Erhu quartet
Obsession 1.6
Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano

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Capriccio for percussions 隨想曲

written in 2003
performed by JENGA percussion ensemble

score (PDF)
sound recording (MP3)

Capriccio is a piece written for a group of four percussionists, playing glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone, marimba, timpani and other percussion instruments. The piece mainly focused on pitched percussion instruments and emphasizes on the harmonic possibilities of a hexatonic scale – C, C#, E, F, G# and A. The first section Andante begins with a mysterious atmosphere, which is then followed by the bright and clear second section Allegretto. The momentary calm and peaceful transition brings the music to the final section Allegro. The set of four timpani, which serves a less important role in the previous sections, is now brought to the foreground. This piece was premiered by JENGA in New Generation 2003 organized by HKCG and RTHK Radio 4.

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